Origin of blonde
usage note for blonde
OTHER WORDS FROM blondeblondeness, noun
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH blondeblond, blonde (see usage note at the current entry)
Words nearby blonde
BLONDE VS. BLOND
What’s the difference between blonde and blond?
Blonde and blond are both adjectives most commonly used to describe the color of light or yellowish hair or someone who has such hair. They can also both be used as nouns referring to a person with such hair, as in Should I make this character a blond or a redhead?
They are pronounced exactly the same. But there is a difference: the spelling blonde is typically used in a gender-specific way to refer to or describe women and girls with this hair color. In contrast, the use of blond in a gender-neutral way is very common. And when the word is used as an adjective, this spelling is much more commonly used, regardless of the gender of the person whose hair color is being described.
Blond and blonde derive from French, which has grammatical gender, meaning that some words end differently depending on whether they are applied to men or women (with e being the feminine ending). This happens in a few other pairs of words in English, like confidant and confidante, though in many cases the term without the e has become largely gender-neutral. This is the case with blond, which is the more commonly used of the two.
When describing the colors of things other than hair, such as wood or coffee, only the spelling blond is used.
When in doubt, remember that the spelling blond is appropriate in all cases.
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How to use blonde in a sentence
Typical Bama Rush TikTok videos share common characteristics, including a bevy of blondes with Southern accents, hashtags of the school’s call, “Roll Tide,” and a widespread affinity for brands like Michael Kors, Shein, Steve Madden and Kendra Scott.RushTok Is a Mesmerizing Viral Trend. It Also Amplifies Sororities’ Problems With Racism|Cady Lang|August 19, 2021|Time
The models on the boxes and bottles are all light-skinned, many with blue eyes and blonde hair.The skin lightening business is booming in Kenya—though no one will admit it|Kang-Chun Cheng|August 11, 2021|Quartz
That alone proves an upgrade for He-Man and company, even if the blonde do-gooder himself is a bit, shall we say, steroidal.By the Power of Grayskull, ‘He-Man’ Is Back—Beefier and Better Than Ever|Nick Schager|July 23, 2021|The Daily Beast
Come up with a way to jam Game of Thrones and Harry Potter into your movie that’s more creative than throwing a blonde wig on Fog Horn Leg Horn to make him look like Khaleesi and a Hufflepuff scarf on LeBron.Debating How Space Jam: A New Legacy Stacks Up Against the Original|Cady Lang|July 19, 2021|Time
I was turning into a Raymond Chandler character, only in a novel where no other characters, no hard-luck blondes or double-crossing cops, ever showed up at the door.How to garnish cocktails, now that you’re clinking glasses with friends again|M. Carrie Allan|May 21, 2021|Washington Post
One guy hams it up as Juliet, blonde wig and all, as a crowd gathers, delighted by the impromptu performance.
Blonde kids named Kyle and Zack cheered on Los Doyers while wearing jerseys with “Valenzuela” on the back.
Thousands of platinum-blonde manes brush against bare, perma-tanned backs moist with snow.
For me at least, the singer and the songs on Blonde on Blonde and Highway 61 Revisited are indivisible.
A few were rock songs of roughly the same vintage as Highway 61 or Blonde on Blonde.
Whereat, he stepped to one side, and led upon the stage, a charming blonde who was greeted profusely.The Homesteader|Oscar Micheaux
He was a manly young fellow, a sportsman and renowned at cricket, and she was amiable and pretty, a little blonde beauty.
At the invitation of the blonde stenographer at the desk, he squatted on a chair and lighted a cigarette.
An indolent blonde, fond of dancing, but a nonentity from both the moral and the intellectual standpoints.
A stout woman with a muddy blonde complexion splotched with freckles.